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08 January 2020

Chinese New Year: Year of the Rat

Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat, 8 January 2020. All images from Guernsey Stamps and Collectables, unless otherwise noted.

Specification
Date of Issue: 8 January 2020
Designer: Chrissy Lau
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Values: 48p, 65p, 66p, 80p, 90p, 98p
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 30.5mm deep x 40mm wide
Paper: 110gsm unwatermarked PVA Adhesive
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 13.3
Cylinder: A

Description
We are delighted to release our seventh set of stamps celebrating the Chinese New Year and, specifically, the Year of the Metal Rat 2020, created once again by Sydney based artist, Chrissy Lau.

According to the Chinese zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals, being based on a 12-year cycle in line with the Chinese lunar calendar. The first animal in the cycle is the rat.

48p Stamp: Fortune Heands
65p Stamp: Zest for Life
66p Stamp: Fortune Favours the Bold
80p Stamp: New Year Decoration
90p Stamp: Moneybag Brimming with Chinese Coins
98p Stamp: The Balance of Dark and Light, or Negative and Positive

Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (set of six stamps), 8 January 2020.
Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (first day cover), 8 January 2020.
Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (presentation pack), 8 January 2020.
Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (sheets of 10), 8 January 2020.
Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (miniature sheet), 8 January 2020.
Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (miniature sheet first day cover), 8 January 2020.
Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (limited edition gold replica miniature sheet), 8 January 2020.

The Gold Foil Miniature sheet is produced in 24 carat gold (99.9% pure), mounted inside an acrylic display stand and presented in a branded black presentation case. The gold sheet is number and a certificate of authenticity is included.

For those who would prefer to display their sheet in an album the sheet can be removed from the acrylic display case.
The size of the gold sheet is 93mm deep x 130mm wide.

Only 200 copies will be produced.

Guernsey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (limited edition uncut press sheets), 8 January 2020.

Containing six Miniature Sheets this Uncut Press Sheet, also known as a master sheet or printers sheet, are how most stamps are printed. They are on large sheets that are run through a printing process much the same way as newspapers, magazines, books and many other printed materials are produced. The Miniature Sheets are then cut to their correct size and sold as individual sheets.

These uncut press sheets are supplied in a protective tube with a certificate bearing the issue number.
A limited edition of 300 sheets will be produced.
Size of sheet is 360mm deep x 610mm wide.

Guernsey – Year of the Rat single stamp to be issued 8 January 2020. Image from Commonwealth Stamps Opinion blog.

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